Protecting our hair through summer

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The great British weather has been, well, actually great. Temperatures have soared and the predictions are that we are in for a long hot summer.

No doubt you will all be regularly topping up the sun cream and rightly so, but what about protecting your hair? Have you ever wondered why hair loses its colour and shine during summer?

Just like our skin, our hair is also exposed to high-intensity UV light and we readily accept that sunlight bleaches hair. But this is not the only culprit, we also tend to go swimming a lot more during the summer months and whether that is in the sea or a pool, this can cause the hairs structure to be damaged.

The science bit

Hair is made up of cells and just like our skin cells, these require moisture. When hair lacks moisture, lipids are lost and the protein structure deteriorates. The result is porous hair and faded colour.

Fun in the sun

High energy UV light impacts the hair in two ways. UVA, UVB and visible radiation breakdown melanin, the natural pigment in hair. Just like in our skin, melanin acts as a natural UV filter but it gets damaged in the process. This is what causes the fading of both natural and coloured hair and is called photobleaching. In addition, UV radiation reacts with metal residues on the hair leading to the formation of free radicals that damage the hair protein structure, which results in a weakening of the hair and a change in its surface shield, the cuticle.

Going for a dip

Whether you opt for a dip in the sea or are more of a pool person, you may find that your hair will lack shine and flexibility after continued exposure.

We all understand that chlorine is added to pools to kill germs and bacteria and are obviously required for hygiene purposes. But this chemical can have an impact on the hair’s components, physical properties and the electrical charge of minerals bonded to the hair. The direct chemical changes include reactions with the lipid film on the cuticle whose function is to protect the hair, the keratin proteins which form the cortex and give hair its strength, and the melanin pigments, which give hair its colour.

Chlorine crystallization can develop inside the hair and part the hair fibres which results in the hair becoming weak and prone to damage or breakage.

Salt water also has similar drying effects on hair. The natural moisture-lipid profile makes the hair elastic, feel soft and resistant to external influences. Seawater is osmotic meaning it draws moisture out of the hair leaving it dry and porous. The first signs of dryness are difficulty when combing and knotted ends and can leave hair susceptible to further damage.

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During summer we often hear more clients complaining of a green tinge to their hair, particularly from clients with naturally blonde or bleached hair. This is due to copper. Chlorinated pools often contain copper algaecides to prevent the growth of algae, this reacts with hair and presents as an unsightly green tinge to the hair.

So what does this all mean?

We promise we are not saying stay inside, and if you do venture out make sure you wear a hat (although sun hats are a very good idea). The summer is here, holidays are on the horizon and we should make the most of them.

What we would say though is make sure you give your hair and scalp a little TLC too.

Our top tips

  • Protect your hair.
    • Just like you use sunscreen to protect your skin against the harmful effects of the suns rays, make sure you offer the same care and protection to your hair and scalp.
  • Clean up
    • It goes without saying that after a long day of fun in the sun we come back and take a shower to clean off that oily sunscreen and the dirt, sand, saltwater, ice cream etc, but how thoroughly do we wash our hair and scalp? Make sure you use a moisturising shampoo that can effectively remove the residues built up on your hair and scalp.
  • Nourish
    • After cleaning your hair, it is important to condition your hair to repair sun damage and restore the moisture lost through salt and chlorinated water.

 

We love and recommend the System Professional solar range. The unique HelioGuard complex envelopes the hair to dramatically reduce the harmful effects of UV exposure, while avocado oil provides nourishment and protects against moisture loss.

Pop into the salon or drop us a line and we will have a chat with you and create a perfect summer hair toolkit to keep your locks looking amazing.

 

 

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Salon Update

The refurbishment is reaching its final stages and we are all getting ready to breathe a huge sigh of relief.

There have certainly been some challenges along the way but we have looked upon these as part of the adventure, thanks to our wonderful clients you have supported and encouraged us through these.

The barber shop is now fully up and running back in the main shop, we have a gorgeous new reception desk and a comfortable waiting area for you.

Here are a few pictures we wanted to share with you, but please do pop in and see for yourself.

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Festival Season

With the release of the new film ‘The festival’ it got us thinking about our favourite festival updo’s. Take a look at our summer fave’s and our easy ‘how to guide’ to get an easy festival messy bun.

 

 

The guide to an easy messy bun

  1. tie your hair up in a pony tail using a plain hair bobble.
  2. take a section from the pony tail and using a fine tooth comb and back comb the hair.
  3. take another section and back comb
  4. repeat till all of the pony tail is back combed
  5. take one section of the backcombed hair and wrap around the original bobble
  6. use some Kirby grips to pin in place
  7. take the other sections and repeat. pin them securely in place.
  8. pull the hair out a bit to create the ‘messy’ look.
  9. spray using your favourite hairspray. have you tried the Wella performance hairspray? its hand’s down our go to hairspray giving you a great hold without the sticky mess!
  10. use some tigi headrush to give a gorgeous shine!
  11. voila! you’re festival ready!

Thank You

Just a huge big thank you to all our clients who are enjoying our refurb as much as us. We are so excited for our new look salon. We are guessing we are half way through and what an adventure it has been so far. Today the rain brought us an extra challenge with our al fresco reception area and our pop up barber shop. I still have not had the afternoon Gin and Lemonade that many of you have mentioned!!

Watching the daily developments in the salon is fascinating. All of our builders take such pride in their work, they work tirelessly to keep to schedule and give into our ‘reasonable demands’ which change on a daily basis. It is always interesting when you start work on an old building the amount of history you learn especially from you, our valued clients. We think it may have been an old coaching inn back in the day and just to think of how many people have passed through the building for so many reasons it is amazing to say the least.

Our extra late night on a Monday for our Hair Loss Clinic is proving to be a great success, it is very rewarding to help so many of our clients.

Thank you again and I look forward to updating you very soon about the next step.

 

Moroccanoil Body Oil

We love the new Body Oil from Moroccanoil. Infuse your skin with the nourishing properties of argan, olive and avocado oils. The powerful benefits of this antioxidant-rich formula lock in moisture and improve overall appearance for healthy looking radiant skin. This oil dissolves into your skin and makes it feel truly amazing, moisturized without oily residues. This is the perfect time of year to treat your skin to a powerful hydrating Oil.

For those of you who love the Moroccan Hair Oil, their is a special offer on the combination of 100ml Hair Oil and 50ml Body Oil for £40, a saving of over £14.85.

Lucy’s Staff Profile

This is the beautiful work recently created by Lucy our graduate stylist. Lucy has been with us at Christos for 2 years now. If you want balayage Lucy is the stylist for you.

Favourite hair product: Moroccan oil root boost and Wella hydrate mist.

Favourite styling technique: Beach/Messy waves

Inspiration: Bleach London and Vidal Sassoon

Favourite hair up: Messy bun, Dutch plaits

Favourite colouring technique: Foiling, Balayage

Lucy is with us full time so give our Newport Pagnell Salon a call today to book an appointment in with her on 01908 611277

Our summer must have products

🙌 • Product appreciation post • 🙌
Here are our summer must have products to give you gorgeous locks💁‍♀️💁‍♀️💁‍♀️
• Wella performance hairspray •
this light hairspray will give you great hold without making your hair super sticky and attractive to wasps!🐝
•Tigi after party •
this product is one of our faves, with an amazing smell it tames fly away hair and gives a super shiny finish 💕
•System professional dry conditioner•
did you know you can use dry conditioner just after you’ve washed your hair? This amazing product gives a beautiful shine and helps to lock in moisture to protect your hair from humidity. A summer must have💁‍♀️
•Eimi thermal image •
heat protection at its best. We’ve used this for years! A couple of sprays and your hair is fully protected from heat🔥
•Solar helio spray •
with our amazing summer why not add this to your beauty regime? With built in UV protection this product will protect your hair from even the strongest rays! It’s water resistant and helps prevent your colour from fading in the sun! ☀️